The National Award-winning actress appears as a robot named Sifra in the film.
Whether you have already watched 'Teri Baaton Mein Aisa Uljha Jiya' or are planning to catch it this weekend, one thing that you may agree with is that playing a humanoid robot on the screen is quite a challenge. The actor needs to find a balance between human-like expressions and robot-like movements, conveying a sense of both humanity and artificiality. Well, this is where Kriti Sanon won, as she looks just too perfect as Sifra (Super Intelligent Female Robot Automation), and maintains the consistency in her performance throughout the runtime.
'Teri Baaton Mein Aisa Uljha Jiya' is running at theatres now, and despite the mixed reviews, has had a decent start at the box office. Meanwhile, let's learn how Sanon prepared for her role.
With TBTAUJ, Kriti Sanon becomes the first Bollywood actress to play a humanoid robot on screen. She was initially unsure about how to play the role, but with time, she understood the process and went with the flow. In her own words, "She (Sifra) gives the feeling of an absolute human butt she is not, so that fine line was there. When I was giving the shots for this character, I would often ask myself if a take was robotic enough or if I had overdone it. I had to find a balance. Sifra in the beginning was a little suffocating for me because I felt my hands were tied. But things got better as we got flowing."
In one of her interviews, the actress shared that she had no reference while preparing for the role. "There was no reference that I could look up to. We have seen robot characters that behave like robots. Even the desi ones like Chitti are more or less robotic. Here we are dealing with artificial intelligence. Sifra is so close to being a human being that humans don't realize it. The challenge was to convince myself. Sifra is almost human, but still not human. The biggest demand on the character is that you know that Sifra is a robot but she still generates a feeling for herself in the audience."
Speaking about how she got into the skin of her character, Sanon shared, "There are certain things that humans do impulsively like hand gestures while talking. I had to eliminate them. Also, a robot processes things very fast. So, I had to almost eliminate pauses from my thinking and expression. Coming from an engineering background, I look for logic in the given space of imagination. I was curious and questioned whether a certain gesture had become too human or too robotic. A lot was improvised on the sets like a robot is not impulsive, doesn't have emotional peaks, I had to keep her in between."
'Teri Baaton Mein Aisa Uljha Jiya' is a Hindi-language science fiction romantic comedy film starring Shahid Kapoor and Kriti Sanon as the lead. Written and directed by Amit Joshi and Aradhana Sah, the film follows Aryan (Shahid Kapoor) who meets Sifra (Kriti Sanon) and falls for her, only to find out that she is a humanoid robot.
The film has been produced under Maddock Films and Jio Studios.